I discovered more than I could have imagined when I set out on an internet quest (LOL) to learn what all the fuss is about surrounding this phenomenon called Winter Solstice! I gained perspective and appreciation. Here is what I learned!
What is it?
In the Northern Hemisphere the Winter Solstice marks the darkest and shortest day of the year. It is the time when earth is tilted furthest from the sun, and the sun seems to actually stand still!
The ironic thing about this is that, to many of us, this milestone in the year can seem glum, and quite frankly, even a bit depressing! Thinking about cold, darker days with less sunshine can be to some of us a real downer and have us questioning “WHY do I live here?”
HOWEVER, as we know, in life there is almost always a twist! Perspective and mindset can influence so much in our lives!
The Chinese, and other cultures, actually prepare and celebrate during this time! The celebration is surrounded around this shift in the atmosphere! What are they celebrating you may say? Here, is where I gained perspective and appreciation!
After the Winter Solstice, earth and the energy in the atmosphere begin a shift! After Winter Solstice, the perspective is that from here on out days will begin to get longer, the sun will start shining more, we will begin to feel warmer! It is a celebration that summer is on its way!
The mindset and perspective isn’t that it’s going to be cold and dark, and gloomy for 3 more months! The mindset is that the earth is shifting and days are going to begin to get longer, brighter and warmer after Winter Solstice! The Sun will shine more and warmth will begin to come upon us once again! Let’s celebrate! I absolutely LOVE this!
What an amazing mind and energy shift we can all have during this time! Rather than being bummed out and down about the cold, celebrate that after December 20, 2019 the atmosphere will begin its shift! Feel the shift in the energy. This could be a great time for us to gain perspective on things in our lives as well! So awesome!
This new knowledge and perspective I have gained from this research is so wonderful! What an amazing perspective! No more down in the dumps days of winter blah! Instead days of celebration that longer, warmer days are officially ahead!
How can you prepare?
* The ancient Chinese begin preparations for this celebration by making several versions of dumplings! They fill up on feel good, warming foods to prepare for the winter and have gatherings to celebrate the shift!
Click the link below for my, sort of healthier, version of Savory Tan Yuan so you too can celebrate and prepare for the coming Winter Solstice (or anytime)!
* Yoga and meditation are an incredible way to recognize and become cognizant of this shift. We can begin to make the mind/body shift to celebrate the energy in the atmosphere and prepare for the cold, but celebrate that longer, shinier days are coming! Take a moment for yourself during this “stand still” in time, allow yourself to see the light that is coming and that is within you.
* Join us at Breathe Yoga Salt to celebrate Winter Solstice!
Winter Solstice Tune-Up Yoga/Meditation
Decemeber 20 @ 7pm!
It is sure to be an energy shifting, light finding, perspective gaining experience!
Wishing you healthy, cozy winter days and evenings, and a shift in perspective to celebrate that longer, warmer days are now ahead! Happy Winter Solstice!
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